Our Women & Colts sides both had a BYE last weekend with a number of our Women playing for the Western Force against Hong Kong in the Curtain raiser to the Forces clash with Tonga - Read the Match Report Here.
29-7 victory - still waiting on a match report
With, once again, a larger than ideal number of personnel changes, this week’s Reserve Grade fixture was something of an uncertainty in terms of which way it would go. If the early exchanges were setting the tone for the game then the crowd were in for a cracker. Both teams exercising their intent to entertain, with the ball going from side to side in seek of space. Returning inside centre Michael Fotu was eager to get involved early, showcasing his strength in contact, and midfield partner Marcus of Arrindell was also showing us his 12 gym sessions a week aren’t just for Tinder. Marcus has only recently just turned 18 and has attributed his conditioning and physical appearance to the help he has received from coach Darren and their Sunday walks on the beach. With Baysie having taken the lead, courtesy of a try in the corner, Pally were struggling to find their own way to the try line. Mid-way through the half, Fotu took it upon himself to change that, bursting through on to a short ball, barrelling over 4 or 5 players before eventually dotting down in the corner to level the scores. An unsuccessful conversion attempt left the scores at 5-5 and the teams made their way back to half way line. Just before half time, the boys managed to march upfield through sustained pressure and some Baysie ill discipline, leading to prop Joe Simeon diving over from close range. On this occasion Nick was on target with his kick and Pally went in to half time with a lead of 12-5.
After a clear and concise team talk from Jerry, the boys went back out on to the field seeking to increase their lead, however, nobody seemed to tell Baysie this, with Baysie No.8 picking from a 5m scrum and bullocking his way across the whitewash. With a successful conversion the scores were, once again, level (this time at 12-12).
Coach Jerry had decided enough was enough and it was time too make some replacements. He looked to experience campaigner Jonny Alston for help. With an older head and a level of conditioning conducive to only 20 minutes of rugby, this throw of the dice had an almost immediate impact. With a set piece move pre-planned, Alston dummied an inside ball before giving to Fotu on the advantage line. Fotu went clean through and the supporting Alston received the scoring pass from 20m out to go in under the sticks and re-establish Pally’s numerical advantage. With the resultant conversion successful, Pally were now ahead by 19-12.
With Baysie always pressing to close the gap, a quick piece of thinking at the breakdown by open side flanker Kale Bissett saw Pally turn the ball over, and after a couple of good passes centre Marcus of Arrindell went over to close out the game. Alston’s kick at goal was successful and the final score was 26-12 to Pally.
In what was largely a hard fought and fair encounter, Baysie might find themselves a little lucky not to escape punishment with their scrum half Yane Teinakore ruthlessly driving his knee in to the back of Pally replacement front rower Shagger McRae, whilst he was defenceless on the ground. The club are looking in to this incident and further details will be provided in due course
This week the team travelled to Pat O’Hara Reserve to take on a Bayswater side and compete for the JT Cup.
As luck would have it, Saturday would have been JT’s birthday. There were few things he enjoyed more than watching his beloved Pally and Baysie playing on a Saturday, having coached both sides during his coaching career in Perth. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon, with the the sun shining and both team’s supporters out in full voice, desperate to see their team emerge victorious. Early match nerves were apparent with both teams contributing to the stop/start nature of play with regular handling errors. Pally eventually broke the deadlock with a 3 pointer from Duck out in front, and then minutes later a superb kick from out wide stretched the lead to 6 points in Pally’s favour. Unfortunately for Pally they couldn’t hang on to the lead for very long, with Baysie piling on the pressure deep in the 22 and eventually emerging with a try and a conversion to leapfrog Pally on the scoreboard and head back to the halfway line with a 7-6 advantage. With the heat taking its toll, there were holes and gaps appearing all over the field, which allowed the Bayswater backline to take full advantage time and time again, slicing through and causing Pally all sorts of problems, with only captain Quokka Cunningham and winger Chris Miller saving the day on, not once, but 2 occasions right on the line. Flanker, Azza McPhee, had been a stand out performer throughout the first half with an effort only bettered my Adam Marshall’s pursuit of new girlfriend Natalie, who was in attendance on the sidelines (coincidentally, up until yesterday the boys had nicknamed her “The Alien”, as nobody knew if she was real or not). Away from the sideline spectators, the 2nd half was underway and it took on a very similar look to the first, with handling errors coming to the fore and Bayswater asserting their dominance. A sideline scrum saw the Baysie scrum half pick one way, and then return to the other side to find a hole bigger than in Joe Simeon’s underwear, sauntering over the line untouched to increase their lead. With only a couple of penalties and a converted try by Kris Setu on the board, Pally were struggling to put together any structure to try and get back into the game. A small period of sustained pressure saw Pally earn a penalty advantage right in front of the posts. With the 3 points all but guaranteed, Duck lined up a drop goal and knocked it over to take them in a different form.
Unfortunately for Pally, the next 10 minutes was all one way traffic, with capitalising on some woeful defending and questionable decision making, adding more points to their tally to take a 31-19 lead with only minutes to spare.
Right at the death, replacement winger Fergus Jemphrey continued his run of good form and cleverly ran on to an inside ball from replacement stand off Nick Ward to touch down under the posts. Ward duly converted and the score was 31-26. Despite a last minute break from Chris Miller down the sidelines, the scores remained the same and Bayswater emerged victorious to win back the JT Cup.
All things said and done, both teams should be proud to have contributed to what is a special day for both teams. JT will have certainly been watching, pacing up and down in his wax jacket and shouting from the sidelines.
On behalf of everyone at Palmyra, thank you to Bayswater for the hospitality and for remembering JT in the best way possible.
Gone, but never forgotten.
Updated 22:27 - 15 May 2018 by Palmyra Media